Greater Cleveland Hospice Services
Compassionate, Community-Based Care from Southwest General
The goal of hospice is to provide terminally ill patients with the support
and resources needed to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage
other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality,
surrounded by their loved ones.
Hospice Services of Southwest General started in 1987, and in 2003, Southwest
General opened The Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice. We provide
state-of-the-art hospice care for patients in their actual dwellings or
nursing homes or assisted living apartments. For urgent needs in the home,
24-hour on-call staff is available. Additionally, our hospice program
includes 24-hour medical supervision for symptom relief at our 10-bed
residential facility, in Strongsville. This most often is a short-term stay for those with
a specific symptomatic need.
Our team includes:
- Medical director
- Nursing assistants
- Social workers
- Spiritual care providers
- Bereavement counselors / coordinators
Eligibility for Hospice Care
A patient is eligible for hospice care when it is determined that a cure
is not possible and the main concern is patient comfort and quality of
life. Hospice care often is selected by patients who no longer wish to
remain in the hospital and would prefer to spend their time with loved ones.
At Southwest General Health Center, we accepted Medicare, Ohio Medicaid
and most major insurance plans as payment options for hospice services.
Additional hospice services provided include:
- Medical director's coordination of care
- Medications related to the terminal illness
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Respite care at our residential facility
- Assistance in determining the patient's insurance coverage
Comprehensive Hospice Services
At Southwest General, hospice patients are cared for by compassionate and
dedicated professionals who are committed to providing quality care and
helping patients and their loved ones through this difficult time.
Hospice Service at Southwest General, include:
- 24-hour on-call staff (typical response time is under 15 minutes)
- Medical director who makes home visits
- Comfort medications available upon admission
- Continuous care in the home for symptom management
- Nursing staff certified in hospice and palliative care
- Nurse visits in the home, as needed
- Nursing aides available to help with personal care needs
- Board-certified chaplain
- Social worker certified in hospice and palliative care
- Bedside vigil volunteers
- Certified bereavement counselor
- Bereavement support available for up to two years, if needed
- Community-based staff
Patients are free to end their hospice care at any time. In certain cases,
a patient’s health may stabilize, and he/she may no longer feel
the need for services.
We Honor Veterans Partner
We honor Veterans is a nationally recognized program supported by the National Hospice and
Palliative Care Association. The program is designed to recognize and
support all veterans and to educate staff and community about the special
needs of veterans. Southwest General Health Center is a proud partner
of this program.
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Let Us Know How We Can Help
We know this can be a difficult time for both patients and their families.
Southwest General has a long history of supporting the community and doing
our part to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater Cleveland
area—regardless of their current stage of life. For more information
about our Hospice Services, please review our
frequently asked questions or contact us at